20 Bestselling Children’s Books for January/February - 2022

AALBC’s Bestselling Book SealOur bestsellers list has been published continuously since 1998 and is the most visible list focused on Black Books in existence. You will learn about books selling well, in the Black community, that may never show up on lists published by corporate entities. Spread the word about our list; don’t let one or two lists, we don’t control, determine which books are important.

Fiction: The bestselling fiction book this period is a literary Magazine, the Killens Review of Arts & Letters (Fall / Winter 2021). Published by the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Ever College and Edited by Clarence V. Reynolds, the Killens Review provides a wonderful collection of essays, poetry, and nonfiction.

Nonfiction: Nonfiction books were by far the bestselling genre this period. During Black History Month we often see a surge in nonfiction book sales. The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story created by Nikole Hannah-Jones is the bestselling book, of all, this period.

Children’s Books: Children’s Books sales were led by Born on the Water written by Nikole Hannah-Jones and Renée Watson, and illustrated by Nikkolas Smith. This book is also part of the 1619 Project and was the #1 bestselling book for all of 2021.

Poetry: Poetry sales were led by the 4-time AALBC Bestseller, Call Us What We Carry: Poems by Amanda Gorman. We are especially happy to see Cosmic Deputy: Poetry & Context by Kalamu ya Salaam make our list. Kalamu was the coeditor, with Kwame Alexander, of our first bestselling book of poetry, 360° A Revolution of Black Poets, which made the list in 1998.

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#1

Book cover of Born on the Water: The 1619 Project by Nikole Hannah-Jones and Renée Watson

Born on the Water

by Nikole Hannah-Jones and Renée Watson

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#3

Book cover of Mermaid Kenzie: Protector of the Deeps by Charlotte Watson Sherman

Mermaid Kenzie

by Charlotte Watson Sherman

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#9

Book cover of Different and the Same by Adijah & Atiya Brabham

Different and the Same

by Adijah & Atiya Brabham

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#11

Book cover of I Am Loved by Nikki Giovanni

I Am Loved

by Nikki Giovanni

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#12

Book cover of The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson

The Day You Begin

by Jacqueline Woodson

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#14

Book cover of Your Name Is a Song by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

Your Name Is a Song

by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

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#15

Book cover of The Barber’s Cutting Edge by Gwendolyn Battle-Lavert

The Barber’s Cutting Edge

by Gwendolyn Battle-Lavert

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#20

Book cover of Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks by Suzanne Slade

Exquisite

by Suzanne Slade

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